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NEW BOOKs from Venice where it ALL started

Get your copy of the NEW photo book on Venice, featuring photographs taken in 2020, which will be officially released on May 7th. You can secure your copy if you are an active Patron of the MED Land project or shop on theMED Land page!

THE STORY:

Venice is the tip of the Mediterranean and the starting place of the MED Land project. I lived in Venice on Nalu (the project boat) for a year, and the outcome was different exhibitions and the book ”Water Dragon of Venice”. Seven year later, I felt the urge, a call to come back and witness Venice again. THE RESULT IS ALREADY PUBLISHED IN a photo book with English text by Marko Pogačnik. This time, it was a a simultaneous call of two, Marko Pogačnik and me. No wonder, really, since we already collaborated on 5 book projects about Venice. During 2020, Marko has been visiting Venice mostly telepathically, and wrote and drew a completely new vision of Venice, titled VENEDIG – EMBRYO DES NEUEN ERDENRAUMS (VENICE – EMBRYO OF THE NEW EARTH SPACE). The second book, which is complementary to this one, features a selection of 92 full-page images which were also created in 2020. This 2-in-1 bundle is published  in German by Neue Erde.

The English version is a photo book with short introductory text by Marko. It is a limited edition of 99 copies and a very high-quality print. 

English Version - ONE book > 92 photos/144 pages 27x20,5 cm, hard cover: VENICE-EMBRYO OF THE NEW EARTH SPACE 

NOW is the right time to get involved in the very important 2021 chapter of the project.

Boy your own copy on MED Land>get involved and money will go all for the project to live on. 

The book is priceless and free, but you can contribute 32 EUR + flat price postage (SLO 4 EUR, EU 7 EUR, USA 12 EUR).

An EVEN BETTER option, however, is to became a PATRON on Patreon Page and get the book with a 10 USD contribution only by limiting your monthly contribution to one month.

Bojan


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Released by MED Land project / film, photography, editing: BB  text editing - proofreading: Tadej Turnšek, godfather of the story Barbara Ćeferin

I made a deal with my wife

 Dimitris Lessos from Ikaria: "I came back because I made a deal with my wife that if we have a child, he must grow up in a safe and healthy environment, which is not Athens ..." 

Dimitris has three diplomas and  many jobs, AND his important concern and activity is to study, explore, preserve and educate others about the natural environment on Ikaria. He is a speleologist and knows over 40 caves on the island. He is also a member of a rescue team. ”I do many things, because I don't like to be bored.”

I think, for example, that my child can go alone to the town square from the age of six, because everybody is paying attention to what's going on and looking after my child, just as I am looking after the well-being of other people's children.

We do not have policemen here, we are doing the job ourselves, always checking if everything is OK, so the thieves don't steal anything, because if the owners catch you, they hit you, and the only way to survive is to run to police station, but we don't have one here.

I try to use photographs to show the beauty of the nature to the locals, that's why I practice photography. Here, even the people who work in the municipality don't know the island, they don't know its history. Once, I was doing an interview with an old man, and he told me something very useful about trees. If there are no male trees in the area, you must go to the river and find clear sand. Then, take the sand and wash the fruit tree very thoroughly from top to bottom and from bottom to top. This way, the fruit begins to grow and will not fall down as a small fruit. So it is important to preserve the knowledge of old people.









Local people do not dare to go into the caves. They know them from legends and stories, and Dimitri loves to dive deep into the magical mineral worlds.

… I want to do all this things  be a plumber, a photographer, an X-ray technician, and in my free time, explore caves, dive, hike, motorbike ... In the summer, I do photography to avoid being bored,  because there are weddings and baptising days.



The value we appreciate here, for example, is not to discriminate against the elderly and expel them to homes for the elderly. Why? Because they have the knowledge to pass on, and time for children as well.



Many people go to other countries to work, and they have lost the tradition of the island, they do not know its history, they do not know how to make the things you need in order to live here … So this is lost for the next generation. We need research for my generation to learn ... This is also my role in the Ikarian society, to bring more knowledge about the island, about nature, first of all, trees, caves, history, languages ... I am also a writer, and have published a book about ancient Ikarian languages.

 



Ikaria is OK if it has 15,000 goats, and now there are 41,000 of them here, since the peasants get big money from the EU to have goats.

We are policemen, volunteer firemen, volunteer rescuers, volunteer soldiers, since our politicians have signed a deal stating that there should not be official army on Ikaria, Samos, Chios. Therefore, everybody aged 2265 is a volunteer. We keep weapons in our house, we have an airport and two harbors. They are a very easy target, Our neighbor the president is a little crazy. Not people, people are like us. The officers are brainwashed. 

Panagiri  a traditional dancing & music feast on the Ikaria island (Aegina sea) takes place all around the island nearly every day from spring to fall. The Ikarians worship Dionysus, and celebrating life is part of it. Another, more recent tradition is keeping Marxist ideas as a prosperous living option for community popular. In other words, communist values are close to traditional Ikarian society > after the Greeks expelled the Turks from Ikaria in 1912, the Greek government used the island as an exile for about 13,000 communists. They could not wish for a better home than Ikaria. :))

The island has its own microclimate: we have trees from Central Africa, trees from Central Europe, cork oak ...  We have many, many different areas, so the people who live in one area don't usually move to another much. So when they see my photos, they often say: ”Oh, this is Ikaria?” 

When I was working on my sailing license, an old guy said to me: If you see clouds near the top of Fournoi (neighboring islands), or if flies are biting you, do not go sailing - the weather will change and the south wind will blow ...



For me, my bottom line is friends, family, but only if they are good people,  first of all ... Many people that are now in their 70s are a little strange, all of them! I love guys who give to and help other people without expecting money or thanks ... Many people do it, I do it and I like it. If we are all doing it, we can feel safe as a community. I do not like Athens.

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A beekeeper from the highlands of Ikaria, known for special bee honey made entirely from Ikarian herbs

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Posted by bojanb
3 weeks ago

Setting UP Art residency-tiny house on the island of Ikaria -Aegean sea

2021: A year to stay at home? 

Can we really live without physical interaction

with living beings, visible and invisible,

lands,

places,

elements,

like sea?

Ikaria Island is like a crown chakra of the vast Aegean sea, the Mediterranean and beyond.

Can you sense that on the internet?

In 2018, I came here to meet Christodoulos Xenakis, and from the first moment, he shared with me and the MED Land team at the time (Melania and Kubilay) his heartfelt and passionate relation with Ikaria, taking us around and explaining past and present footprints on this ancient land. Christodoulos is 85 year old now, still running an organisation – the Institute for Ikarian Studies (IFIS). One of his compassionate idea was for each EU country to have one container house as an art residency place on Ikaria island. IFIS actually got one which was “waiting for the first“ country to make it happen for more than ten years …

The friendship with Christodoulos, as well as with other Ikarians that MedLanders met in 2019, has grown to this day, which is well reflected in the stories about the adventures of Christodoulos and other Ikarians such as Urania, Dimitris, Vangelis and others. The Med Land team also facilitated a land‑art stone sculpture project on Ikaria by international group of artists-geomants, which is still ongoing.

Here are some links to stories and news related to Christodoulos, Ikaria and Ikarians:

Christodoulos
Making Of: Dr. Christodoulos Xenakis 

Urania & five boxes

Christodoulos and Ulysses (Ὀδύσσεια Odýsseia) traveling together

Christodoulos and Ulysses traveling together : The knowledge about Philoktitis and the healing properties of terra limnea

Christodoulos and Ulysses traveling together: over the Marmara Sea to the Bosporus / Troy and Constantinople

The Last Days

AND Ikaria - image gallery by bojan

Ikaria has at least 15,000 years of continuous history of their own specific civilisation. Their main god is Dionysus. During the 600‑year period of pirates, they hid and lived untouched in the middle of the 1,000m high island. The communist ideas are still legit here to this day. Living with less, in a sustainable way, with a lot of music and dancing is what they like … the Dionysus way … Ikaria is also known for many people that easily reached 100 years of age … The recipe is not to live alone.

My top tree virtues of Ikaria that made me become its fen are:

1-2-3:

  • the perception of time on Ikaria as one big “now” … Every day is a new day, and a reset of “priority and schedule list“ is normal, acceptable, a way of living;
  • awareness of the values of the Ikaria continent with the positive attitude towards sharing them. It is about being grounded and connected, not only on a human level;
  • openness to the rest of the world.

In 2020, Christodoulos offers us – the “Slovenians“ – a tiny container house to use it for the “project residency“.

In February/March and November/December 2020, four of us made it liveable! The idea is for people with creative aims to be able stay on Ikaria, live, experience, interact, and create something out of it. 

THE TEAM:

Ivana Petan – ceramic artist

Gregor Erjavec – activist and global networker 

Eva Marn – lawyer, director of Proja.org and the mother of many national and international projects and initiatives

Bojan Brecelj – Med Land pusher, active in visual media and art projects 

and Christodoulos Xenakis of course!

>>>If you are interested in becoming one of the residents from March 2021 onward, contact us at nalu@medland.life.

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Posted by bojanb
a few months ago

Eileen and Edward are leaving traces that are changing in time

Eileen (artist) loves “everything that has to do with time and traces, leaving traces in places”. She makes interventions in nature, but in the way that they “wear out” … “I don’t feel the need and I don’t think anything needs to stay for long.”

Edward’s latest love is growing old sorts of vines on Syros island and producing the finest organic wines. Edward came from Scotland .we are getting into this really for the way of life … It’s an honest way of life, which I like. And the cycles; everything is cyclical. One day, I might be in the winery tasting the rose, getting ready to bottle the rose, and then an hour later, we might be in the vineyard,…

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Posted by bojanb
a couple of years ago

Christodoulos

 DR.CHRISTODOULOS XENAKIS NEUROLOGIST AND PSYCHIATRIST, AND …WHO WAS BORN IN 1936 IN IKARIA – A TIME IN HISTORY WHEN IKARIA WAS AN OCCUPIED ISLAND. THUS, HE WENT THROUGH TIMES BEING A REFUGEE IN CAIRO, AND LATER FINISHED HIS MEDICINE DEGREE IN GERMANY. NOWADAYS, HE LIVES ON IKARIA MOST OF THE YEAR, WHERE HE STARTED THE ASSOCIATION OF IKARIAN STUDIES, A CULTURAL ORGANIZATION THAT PUBLISHES BOOKS AND IS OPEN TO MANAGING ANY PROJECTS “TO IMPROVE LIFE ON IKARIA”. HE IS HELPING PEOPLE AROUND THE MEDITERRANEAN WITH HIS MEDICAL KNOWLEDGE, WHICH INCLUDES HERBS, HIS LATEST FIELD OF INTEREST. CHRISTODOULOS IS A SAILOR, AND HIS RECENT PASSION IS ALSO ORGANIZING SENIOR REGATTAS ON IKARIA.
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Posted by bojanb
a couple of years ago
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